Thousands of learners and students attended the Youth Development and Career Expo at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in Soweto to listen to government’s plan for youth development in South Africa.
The expo was convened by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Learners and students who attended the Expo were inspired by leaders from government on how they can be successful in their studies.
They came from all corners of the province to get career advice.
The High School learners were exposed to various career opportunities. They believe the Expo will help them make right choices with their careers.
One learner says, “We are here to experience everything that people are doing and we are going to be successful. We want to go forward and make our dreams come true.”
Another says, “I am hoping to be well informed about the career choices that I have already made and to seek guidance so that I will be well informed when I finish Matric.”
“I want to become a teacher one day. This Career Expo has given me the confidence to do better in my studies. It has motivated me to push myself and to find out more about the teaching profession. I want to make a difference in people’s lives so I look forward to a bright future,” says a third learner.
Deputy President, Ramaphosa has urged learners to take every opportunity the government is presenting to them.
He says learners should also love their subjects at school in order for them to succeed.
“We are investing a lot of money in your education. If you look at our budget today most of the money that we are spending on percentage basis goes to education. We doing this because we are determined to invest in your education we are determined to invest in you.”
Gauteng’s MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, says his department is doing everything in its power to support and develop learners in the province.
He has committed to providing financial support to top achievers of each school.
“Every learner who occupies position one, position two, position three in every school – that particular learner will be given a bursary for four years at the university of their choice. We need to reward our young heroes we need to give them opportunities and we need to ensure that they get educated.”
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